Someone asked me about the usefulness of training under pressurized conditions where the instructors would shout at you, beat you and stress you out to make you get used to highly stressful conditions.
I have not trained under such methods nor have I come across any traditional arts myself that do so. Thus, I am not the best person to offer any comment on this.
What I can say is that the traditional arts that I have learned tend to be focused in teaching the fundamentals of the style and how to use them. So for example my Wing Chun teacher would just make me do forms, chi sao then partner drills. He would not do any warm ups or warm downs because the forms themselves already provide such a function.
A long time ago I noticed something very strange in the Wing Chun class I attended. The instructors were super fit. They could take up to 3 classes a day and do tons of exercises and even run around the park. Then I looked at the master and wondered given his physical condition whether he could do so.
Out of curiosity I asked him about it one day. His answer was surprising but a revelation.
He said that all he does the entire day is to practice forms!!!
So why were we doing all those warm ups and warm downs in class?
Later, I heard that when the master first started teaching he taught the traditional Hong Kong way which was to just do forms and chi sao. After 3 months practically all the students had run away and he had to modify the way he taught in order to retain students.
From that day on I didn’t want to do those exercises any more because I now know the truth about them. I might have lost out on fitness but my instructor could not help but notice that he couldn’t knock me off my stance during chi sao.
I can only conclude that to be good in doing Wing Chun I should focus my efforts on doing things Wing Chun. More than a decade later my final teacher confirmed what I had known by then.